Screencap #’s 12 - 29
After the opening close-up of Frodo on the rock, there is another long shot of the two of them on the promontory.
The camera returns to Frodo’s face, his eyes still closed, but then a major chord is softly struck (I can feel the hairs on my arms rising just imagining the sound of it). The chord is sustained, creating a sort of “musical glow” around the scene, as surely as if Frodo’s head were surrounded by a nimbus of light. It grows and develops during the whole sequence. As the chord sounds, Frodo's face alters, his expression lifts.
“I can see the Shire!" he breathes....
Screencap #’s 30 – 31
Then, photographed in profile while slowly panning to Sam, Frodo begins to name with almost unbelieving joy what he now can see in his mind. Sauron had torn all of his images away, replacing them with the one image, the token of Sauron and the Ring, the Wheel of Fire.
This scene is so vivid to me, I feel as though I can see the images, too, as they rise behind Frodo’s eyelids, images cherished and familiar.
“The Brandywine River,” he continues....
(--to be cont’d…)
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